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World Stories; 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs


Night 1 - Reel 1 (1of2) , Duration 1:21:18 , Night 1 - 2 Reels , Total Duration 2:26:46

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World Stories
50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs
Series Description

Series release date: 2001

Program Description

Leading statesmen, generals, terrorists and others who made the headlines in one of history's most bitter and enduring struggles tell the story of the Arab-Israeli conflict in this two-part program. Opening with the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states in 1947, the program charts the ensuing half-century of enmity, warfare, mediation and negotiation. Among the current and former heads of state and prime ministers interviewed or featured in the series are Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Shamir of Israel; King Hussein of Jordan; Yasir Arafat of the Palestine Authority; Hafez al-Assad of Syria; Jafaar Numeiry of Sudan; and U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush and Jimmy Carter. The first episode covers Israel's struggle for statehood, including the surprising victory against Arab armies in 1948 and 1967. The film also traces the establishment and campaigns of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Coverage of the Palestinian and Israeli conflict includes a wealth of new and surprising detail. The concluding program features a fresh behind-the-scenes history of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, the Camp David peace accord in 1978, the start of the Palestinian "Intifada" uprising in 1987, the Oslo agreement in 1993 and the current attempts to consolidate a shaky reconciliation.

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Chicago: “World Stories; 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs,” 01/11/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D344C9DB90324B86B2A70C7C879BC022.
MLA: “World Stories; 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs.” 01/11/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D344C9DB90324B86B2A70C7C879BC022>.
APA: World Stories; 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D344C9DB90324B86B2A70C7C879BC022
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